Soccer Plays 500th Match On Saturday
Yavapai’s 500th official soccer match will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 against Phoenix College. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Ken Lindley Field. One person has attended every Roughrider soccer match since 1989. That would be Yavapai’s only Head Soccer Coach Mike Pantalione (454-32-13/21 years). Since the program’s inception, Yavapai has captured 63 championships including 20 consecutive conference titles, 18 region titles, 18 district titles and 7 national titles. This includes their first national championship in only their 39th match. When asked about his five favorite soccer matches out of the 499 already in the books, Pantalione states the following:
• Game #39—Yavapai 2, Passiac, NJ 1 (1990 National Championship Game) Kurt Funkhouser scores in the second sudden death overtime period as the Roughriders defeats the heavily favored New Jersey school 2-1 in Trenton.
• Game #210—Yavapai 3, Mercer County, NJ 0 (1997 National Championship Game) The Roughriders finished an unbeaten season scoring two goals in the first 6 minutes to defeat the home team in capturing their third national title in the ‘90s.
• Game #485—Yavapai 1 San Jacinto, Tex. 0 (2008 National Championship Game) Dirk Petersen’s goal off a free kick early in the first half completed a perfect 26-0-0 season for the Roughriders. The 26 wins established a national record at any level. It was Yavapai’s 4th national title this decade and 7th overall.
• Game #1—Yavapai 4 St. Louis-Forest Park, MO 3 (September 1, 1989): Edson Rico scored 4 goals against a national ranked team in the Roughriders first game ever.
• Game #136—Yavapai 1 Mercer County, NJ 0 (2004 National Semifinals): After 90 minutes of regulation play in the national semifinal game it took an additional four overtimes and 11 shootout rounds before Kevin Zimmermann, Yavapai’s goalkeeper, is inserted into the shootout by a little-known rule and scores the game winner for a 6-5 shootout victory at Trenton, New Jersey.